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Johnson Space Center employees will begin unloading the

mockup

around

7:30

Wednesday

morning.

The

mockup

will

be

loaded

onto

a flatbed truck and routed through Clear Lake City to the West Gate

at

the

space

center.

The

mockup

will

be

unloaded

at

JSC

Building

9A

around 2 p.m.

The Super Guppy, a modified Boeing YC-97J, is the world's

largest

aircraft

in

terms

of

interior

dimension.

The

fuselage

of

a

747 aircraft could be placed inside the Super Guppy if sectioned.

The Super Guppy was modified to its present cnfiguration

in

August

of

1965.

It

was

test

flown

by

the

late

NASA

test

pilot

Joe Walker in late 1965 and first used by NASA in early 1966.

The

plane was modified and is presently owned by Aero Spacelines,

Inc.,

of Goleta, California.

The plane is equipped with four Pratt & Whitney T34

turboprops and has flown over two million miles carrying cargo for

the space agency.

It was used extensively during the Apollo and

Skylab missions.

It last landed at Ellington AFB in June, 1976, on

a mission from the Dryden Flight Research Center, California,

to the

Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The Super Guppy crew will consist of pilot Paul Heyn, copilot

Richard Peters, flight engineer Robert D'Agostini, and crew chief

loadmaster

Anthony

Scacchi,

all

Aero

Spacelines

employees.

Accompanying

the Aero Spacelines crew on the flight will be Johnson Space Center

pilot Frank Marlo.

NASA-Jsc

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